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KJ Martin
KJ Martin
Position: F
Born: 01/06/01
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:215 lbs. / 97.5 kg.
Salary: $898,310
Stone has identified Kevin Porter Jr., Christian Wood, Jae’Sean Tate and KJ Martin as Houston’s “young core” for developmental purposes. In Fertitta’s interview, he indicated he understands that perspective. “You’ve got to remember on Kevin Porter, he’s 20 years old. None of your superstars are great at 20. Go back and look at James Harden at 20.” … “Are we going to be a championship team next year? No, we are not, OK? And I don’t even know that we’ll challenge for the playoffs next year. This is what they’re telling me. We can’t be stupid. Sometimes you’ve got to bide your time. You have to be patient, and you have to make good decisions.”
“With you having a son, too, and you going to the games and being very involved in games, you want your son to be just like you,” Payton admitted to Martin after acknowledging that Martin’s son is also trying to find his way as a pro. “But sometimes, you have to step back and say ‘He’s not me.’ This is a different generation and things like that, but as you see this and you get to feel this and then say, ‘He got it a little bit, he been hanging around me,’ man; it makes you feel real good because you know how these kids make you feel sometimes.”
Like Payton II, the younger Martin’s road to this point wasn’t easy. “They get tired of you,” Payton admitted when discussing his son, but being the only point guard in NBA history to win Defensive Player of the Year, Payton couldn’t deny the fact that he took special pride in seeing his son win the G League Defensive Player of the Year Award on March 19. “You think they don’t really be listening to you sometimes because they’re in their era, but as me seeing my son win this recently and [him] understanding that the defense was there and that’s what he watched as a young kid growing up with me, it makes you feel real good,” Payton said.